Sunday, March 28, 2010

2010 Christmas Card Challenge Week #17

This week's challenge: Snowflakes! Use anything with snowflakes on your cards this week.

Okay, I only used one...but I love my snowflake punches. I bought them all last year and I've actually used them quite a bit. Which can be a rarity with my collection of stuff, lol.

I was short on time with preparing for my trip to Portland, so I cheated and used this Snowbunnybella image that was already colored for another card. I've just got scraps left of this paper pack, so I'm trying to be as resourceful as I can. But I'm lovin' my green and red cards!

Paper: Eskimo Kisses
Stamps: Stamping Bella, sentiment is Amuse
Snowflake Punch, PTI Buttons, Crystal Stickles, Copics, and Pearls


I decided to try this new link system. If it doesn't work out, I'll switch back to Mr. Linky, but I think you'll love having the thumbnails of your cards show up. :)

Please link directly to the blog post or gallery page where we can view/comment on your creation and not just the generic link to your blog. To get the full url, click the title of your blog post (which will load a page that has just that post on it), then copy and paste the URL. Thanks and please still post a comment so I know you added a card!


Next week the Design Team will be taking over! Everyone have a fabulous Sunday!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

2010 Christmas Card Challenge Week #16

This week's challenge: Your favorite part of the holidays! Use something on your card that represents your favorite part of the holidays.

My favorite part of the holidays is the music. I firmly don't believe in Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but at work the music started in October, lol. Amy Grant's Home For Christmas album is my favorite of all time. I got it as a gift when I was in the 7th grade. I lost it when my car got stolen, but this last holiday season I bought the iTune version of it for my iPod.

I used Unscripted Sketches #47 and I just realized that I forgot to add my snowflake and button, lol. Oh, well...might just leave the card for now. We'll see. I fixed my card and like it much better!

Paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses
Stamps: The Greeting Farm, sentiment PTI
Rhinestones, Crystal Stickles, Snowflake Punch, PTI Buttons, and Copics


Mr. Linky Note: Please link directly to the blog post or gallery page where we can view/comment on your creation and not just the generic link to your blog. To get the full url, click the title of your blog post (which will load a page that has just that post on it), then copy and paste the URL into the Mr. Linky form. Thanks and please still post a comment so I know you added a card!


Now, I would like to introduce you to my new lovely design team. Though I've never met any of these ladies in real life, I've been good blog friends with all of them for awhile now. I am very excited for them to start in April and I know you all will love their creations as much as I do.

Alanna Moses


Hi. My name is Alanna and I'm a busy wife and mother of two who spends her daytime hours working as an auditor for a CPA firm. At night, I try and squeeze everything else into my life. I've been working on passing the brutal CPA exam and am almost there. I love paper crafting, both cardmaking and scrapbooking. With cardmaking, it's all about brightening someone's day and letting them know, that for whatever reason, I'm thinking about them. Scrapbooking helps me tell a story, hopefully one that future posterity will want to read and look at.

Peggy Toole


Hello everyone! My name is Peggy and I live near Salmon Arm, BC with my husband and 3 energetic boys. I am so excited to part of Christmas Card Challenge's Design Team. I fell in love with stamping and cardmaking about 5 years ago now. I love making all types of cards but I especially enjoy making Christmas cards so this is the perfect spot for me!

Shanna Cameron Picard


Hi, my name is Shanna. I am Mom to two fantastic boys and will be celebrating 10 years with my hubby this July! I have been stamping for what seems like forever....it all started when my Mom, who had a flower & gift shop, sent me looking for gold ink one day. When I inquired about the ink, the owner of the stamp store introduced me to embossing and I was hooked! I started making my own Christmas cards to send to friends and family the following year and and have been doing so ever since.

Since discovering blog land a year or so ago and starting my own blog, I have come to love stamps from a wide variety of companies that I previously had no idea existed and have met lots of wonderful and talented people. I enjoy creating so much that I often call it therapy and like to do it as often as I can! I am so happy to be a part of the Christmas Card Challenge Design Team.

Stephanie Castro


Hi ya'll! I'm a full time working mom with two beautiful children and a wonderful, supportive boyfriend. We currently reside in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX area. I have been paper crafting off and on for the last 8 years, and am totally addicted to it. I was fortunate enough to find Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge blog in December of 2008 and created a card each week, pretty faithfully, in 2009. I have to admit, it was nice having all of my cards done, and not being stressed trying to finish them. I'm honored, and excited to be chosen to be on this design team. I hope you'll continue to join us each week and I look forward to seeing your fabulous creations!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I will be vacuuming and crafting!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Design Team...

Thank you for the overwhelming response about the Design Team. I wanted to let you all know that the team has already been chosen and contacted.

Everyone who applied is very talented and I want to thank all of you for taking the time to respond to me. It was really difficult for me to pick, but I chose the people who have played the challenges with me the longest. It seemed like the only fair way for me to pick.

I started this journey in December 2008 and I truly appreciate all of the support you have given me. I look forward to sharing my new team soon!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

2010 Christmas Card Challenge Week #15

I didn't use random.org this time...I just had Brent pick a number between 1 and 7. He picked #3, which is Peggy. I will mail your prize with your Amuse stamps! :) Thanks again everyone for playing with me!

ETA: I've had enough people email about this...thanks and I look forward to working with my new team!

I've been pondering this for awhile...and I think it's time I get a mini design team for this blog. Since I'm working on other projects and things, I would like to have more support and help with these challenges.

I'm not really going to have a try-out per say, but let me know if you're interested. I would like 3 people and it'll probably just be first come, first serve. But please only respond if you're really committed to this. You will have to make a new Christmas/winter card for every challenge and all projects will need to be completed by Saturday for Sunday's post.


This week's challenge: Sketch Challenge! Use this sketch to create any Christmas, Winter, or Holiday card.


I don't typically make a lot of cards with red and green, but I like how it turned out with more traditional colors. Every time I use this Bella, I long for a cute furry coat. And I would love a green one too, lol. But I don't know about "no pants" in the freezing cold. :)

Paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses
Stamps: Stamping Bella, sentiment is Amuse
Nestabilities, Copics, Rhinestones, EK Success Border Punch, Crystal Stickles, Twine, PTI Buttons, and Snowflake Punch


Mr. Linky Note: Please link directly to the blog post or gallery page where we can view/comment on your creation and not just the generic link to your blog. To get the full url, click the title of your blog post (which will load a page that has just that post on it), then copy and paste the URL into the Mr. Linky form. Thanks and please still post a comment so I know you added a card!


Everyone have a fabulous Sunday!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

2010 Christmas Card Challenge Week #14

This week's challenge: Inspiration Challenge! Use any element from this picture to create your card.

It's also the first challenge of the month, so I will be giving away a prize. I will draw the winner next Saturday at midnight. Tanya, I still owe you a prize for February...I haven't forgotten about you!


I got this SU paper from Wish RAK and totally love it. Of course it's old and retired, so I am happy to finally be using it up. I think out of all the years...I've only used this Bella maybe once. I also used Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #103.

Paper: SU
Stamps: Stamping Bella, sentiment is PTI
Snowflake Punch, PTI Buttons, Pearls, Crystal Stickles, and Copics


Mr. Linky Note: Please link directly to the blog post or gallery page where we can view/comment on your creation and not just the generic link to your blog. To get the full url, click the title of your blog post (which will load a page that has just that post on it), then copy and paste the URL into the Mr. Linky form. Thanks and please still post a comment so I know you added a card!


I hope you all have a great Sunday! I will be grocery shopping and cleaning some more. I also hope to get a few more cards done today.